Bideford teenager takes first steps on local government career path.
NORTH Devon Council has taken on another trainee apprentice as part of a scheme to get young people into work.
Adam Caedmon, 19, from Bideford is the fourth 18-24-year-old to begin a two-year placement with the council in the last 12 months.
Adam, who is based with the planning and development service, said: â€œWhen youâ€™re young and have no experience, there arenâ€™t really that many opportunities to get on the career ladder.
â€œHowever, this apprenticeship means I can get office experience, learn new skills and hopefully gain a business admin NVQ at the end of two years.
â€œEveryone here at the council has made me feel very welcome, so Iâ€™m looking forward to getting stuck in. Not only will it be good for my CV, but I hope itâ€™ll also lead to a permanent position.â€
Head of human resources, Angela Gizzi, said: â€œOur apprenticeships are aimed at 18 to 24 year olds, and enable them to get valuable training whilst being in a real working environment.
â€œWithout the scheme, these able young people would find it difficult to enter their chosen field, as they wouldnâ€™t have the experience.
â€œIt also benefits us, as weâ€™re able to work with the apprentices, many of whom will stay on with us in some capacity after their apprenticeships have ended.â€
Council leader Councillor Brian Greenslade added: â€œI am delighted that the council is able to support these young people, especially in the challenging jobs market that we are currently in.
â€œOur bright, young apprentices work across a variety of services, from environmental health and housing to property and technical services. Therefore, itâ€™s benefiting all aspects of our work and is something I hope we continue to support in the future.â€
The council said it hoped more trainee posts would become available in the near future.
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